It is a great pleasure to present this year’s Sippican Historical & Preservation Society Annual Award for Dedicated Service to Marion. This year’s recipient is Judith Rosbe.
I met Judy 20 years ago, as an enthusiastic customer at my shop, Marion Antiques. We quickly developed a friendship and before I knew it, she had recruited me to serve on the board of the SHPS, an organization of which she was then President. The SHPS was struggling at that time, both with its finances and its limited focus. Judy would change all that.
She was one of the founders of the Marion Antiques Show, which was an immediate success and provided the money to maintain the museum building and to fund numerous local projects. Judy was instrumental in the purchase and renovation of the Post Office building and the old Pharmacy building (now China Trader Antiques). She spent countless hours on these projects donating her legal expertise.
Judy helped Ed Tripp produce his long awaited book, Reflections on a Town and then went on to write several more books on Marion History, including:
· Maritime Marion
· Images of America, Marion
· Images of America, The Beverly Yacht Club
· Images of America, Marion Art Center &
· Marion in the Golden Age
She helped create our website and historical database, which now allow both members and the general public a more comprehensive understanding of Marion’s extraordinary past. She served several times as President of the SHS and for countless years as a board member. Her hard work, tenacity, practicality and love of local history have guided the Historical Society for over 20 years. Judy, more than any other individual, is responsible for making the SHS what it is today. The Society has done many great things to help the community and Judy has been involved in some capacity in every one of them.
Time and time again, Judy has shown herself to be a dedicated proponent of Marion’s past and its future, and for this, we honor her tonight.
Presented by Frank McNamee June 17, 2010